Bhubaneswar: Come November, the much-awaited Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) system — popular in 200 cities across the globe — will be a reality in Odisha capital.
The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has decided to launch this service to provide a low-cost, environmentally friendly mobility option to city residents.
The first phase of the PBS, which was flouted as part of the Smart City project, will be started before the Hockey World Cup, scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar in November this year, a top official said adding commuters can ride bicycles after booking them from their mobile phones.
“In the first phase, minimum 2000 bicycles fitted with GPRS tracking system will be available and bookings can be done through a mobile app,” said BDA Vice-Chairman Krishan Kumar after high-level meeting was held in the State Secretariat here today.
He said the commuters will be allowed to drive the bicycle for free for first 30 minutes and subsequently, they will be charged.
Sources said that the cost of each cycle is said to be around Rs 45,000-50,000.
To launch the project, the civic body has partnered with Beijing-based ‘Mobike’, an internationally renowned organisation that promotes cycles and non-motorised transport.
The State government will arrange parking stations and other required services for the run the facility.
In the first phase, the service will be available in the 3 major roads in the city – Airport to KIIT Square, Vani-Vihar to Rajmahal Square and Governor House to Jaydev Vihar before extending it to other parts of the city.
Explaining about how the PBS will function, Kumar said a control room will monitor the movement. You can take a bicycle from one point and drop it at the sharing point close to your destination.
Mysuru was the first Indian city to introduce such a sharing service in February last year.